I have a birth date, a death date, and a certain number of days in between. I'm in the in-between, closer to my expiration date, but not too close I hope.Enough about me, let's talk fiction.I learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction young. This painful, shameful lesson occurred at the time of my greatest triumph: the night I was crowned 4-H Dairy Princess of Onslow County. The pomp and gold satin will come later, but first the alligators.The alligators were unwanted. On many nights in the fall of 1962, Jacksonville dads drove up to our house on Elizabeth Lake, sometimes with headlights turned off, and parked. It was always dads. At this point in American home life, disposing of a family pet was considered a masculine job. Moms remained at home with sleeping kids. Was the alligator on the front seat beside the dad? Perhaps in a box, its long snout up to take in the breeze from the open window, not knowing its life was about to change forever.These alligators had begun life as nine inch long Floridians. Families from our town on summer vacation in Lauderdale or Miami chose an alligator as a souvenir and brought it back up I-95. But by the end of September, the adolescent alligator had become four feet long and still growing.( I acknowledge the urban myth about alligators inhabiting the sewers of Miami and New York, places that have little in common with my hometown. While these urban alligators may be mythical, in Jacksonville, N.C. in 1962 the alligators were real.)By the time the dad had gotten out of the car and was carrying the pet alligator down to the lake's edge to drop it in, I would be in my double bed or finishing homework at my double desk, both of which I shared with my younger sister, Laura, she who made me feel as though I was hand‑cuffed to the wrong person, hand‑cuffed for the rest of my life to the wrong person, but I digress.
Falling Women and Other Stories
by Ellen Herbert
Short stories in this collection have won: PEN Fiction Prize, a Virginia Fiction Fellowship, the Lip Service Prose Prize, a Pushcart Prize nomination, Negative Capability Award, William Faulkner Short Story Finalist and other awards. Award-winning short stories about families in turmoil and children in peril, from a homeless mother...
Winner of the Maryland Writer's Association 2014 Novel Award. In the summer of 1944, Edwina, known as Eddie, a young high school teacher of English and German travels to Washington to work for the war effort unaware a killer is there, targeting government girls. And he's closer than she could ever imagine. Eddie finds Washington...
Categories: All Historical Fiction; All Nonfiction; History
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